Originally Posted by Yachtzee
I think his bigger point is that the kid and his family ran crying to the press. Plenty of employers would be skittish about hiring someone who runs to the press about a perceived wrong. Maybe if he and his parents had quietly gone to the school, apologized for the disruption, the school would have done away with the community service and handed him his diploma. By going to the press, they probably made the school dig in its heels. And there are plenty of instances in life where people are held responsible for the actions of those they bring to the party.
Did he go to the press? Or did his parents? Or did his friends?